Binge Watch – 400 Top TV Shows (2010-2019) Continued #30 to #21


Ranked Top TV Shows and Series Synopsis with Reviews

Written and Ranked By C. A. Ponch

As a reminder – To qualify for the list I followed these basic guidelines:

  1. I watched at least three to five episodes of each show finishing most first seasons of every series on this list. Some shows were so bad that it was not worth watching more than three to five episodes. I gave them a chance. For the majority of the series, I have seen every episode.
  2. Each of the top TV shows could not have more than 30 episodes a season. That eliminated all late-night shows like “The Tonight Show”, variety of programs like “Sports Center”, and singing competitions like “American Idol” and “The Voice”. Also, I didn’t include morning shows like “The Today Show”, etc. If it were a series that aired more than once a week, it was unfortunately just too much content for me to review.
  3. Each series had to have at least three episodes air/stream per season to qualify. This eliminated event TV and made for TV movies but did include some great mini-series.
  4. No reality competitions or junk reality TV. That is not acting, and they show no real craftsmanship to judge. Those series are almost impossible to review. Variety shows with actual writers like SNL were included.
  5. Documentaries were accepted, but only if they were season-long documentaries with more than three episodes. I decided the difference between what qualified as a documentary series and a reality series. Reality series generally create situations and observe those situations for the entertainment of the viewer in an on-going manner much like life itself. A documentary series attempts to educate the viewer by presenting facts through a series of observations that are a full product having a beginning, middle, and end. It’s a fine line, but documentaries tend to inform or educate while entertaining.
  6. Each program had to have at least three episodes air during the past decade (2010-2019) that I actually saw, but I ranked TV shows from their full body of work of which that I have seen since their inception. This eliminated anything that didn’t have an episode air after 2009 but it also eliminated a few shows like “The Simpsons”, and “NCIS” which although I have seen more than three episodes of; I haven’t seen enough episodes of those shows in the past ten years. In fact, a few series on this list would have been ranked higher, had they just ended earlier before the quality of the show deteriorated.
  7. Lastly, there is one exception on this list of the shows I have watched this decade but can’t rank: “Sesame Street”. It’s still one of the greatest children’s top TV shows of all time. If you have young children, “Sesame Street” should be #1 on this list, if you don’t have young children, why are you watching “Sesame Street”? That’s strange and you may want to seek help.

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30. South Park (Comedy Central – 1997 to Present):  Ponch: 10/10

South Park” is a long-running animated TV series created by Matt Stone and Trey Parker for a more mature adult audience. The series revolves around third grade (and now fourth grade) boys, their families, and their exploits in and around the town of “South Park” Colorado.  The four boys: Stan Marsh, Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, and Kenny McCormick all have different backgrounds and personalities that often give the creators the ability to deliver a message from several points of view.  Stone and Parker voice most of the male characters on the show. Mona Marshall and April Stewart presently voice most of the female characters on the show. “South Park” is a satirical and often dark comedy. It’s typically extremely witty but can be very profane. The creators usually switch between every day stories about the four boys, their families, and friends; too often very modern topical stories about America, oftentimes having a blending of both in most episodes. They are able to be very topical because each episode is usually written and produced the week preceding each broadcast. South Park is often included in various publications’ lists of greatest shows of all time. It is one of the longest-running American series of all time with over 300 episodes consistently earning the highest ratings of any basic cable program since its debut and subsequently still one of cables most-watched shows. “South Park” has been nominated 18 times. Out of the 23 years, it’s been on TV, 16 of those nominations were for Outstanding Animated Program winning the award four times, which is incredible considering the show is not for children. Most people have seen or at least heard about the animated series “South Park”, although it has consistently held very high ratings and held on to its core audience, I strongly suggest viewers who haven’t seen South Park in a while, go back and binge watch a few seasons and definitely try to tune in every week. “South Park” takes topics from the US headlines so much, that it is best viewed on a weekly basis but you can still get the same enjoyment from binging it. It’s edgier and more mature than “Bob’s Burgers”, “King of the Hill”, “The Simpsons”  and all of Matt Groening’s other series, so critics and viewers can debate what qualifies something as a family cartoon and adult series but “South Park” is the greatest adult animated TV series of all time and possibly the best-animated series of all time, period. It has consistently put out quality episodes for over 20 years, where a lot of its popular contemporaries have wavered in quality in that time period or were only strong for a few years. Time will tell whether shows like “Rick and Morty”, “Bob’s Burgers or “Big Mouth” can stay consistently great for a long period of time. I believe “South Park” was funnier and had a larger cultural impact than “King of the Hill”, “Futurama”, “Family Guy” and any other show that either copied “South Park” or “The Simpsons” formulas. “Batman: The Animated Series” wasn’t on long enough. With the only true contender in “BoJack Horseman” already ending; this brings us to “The Simpsons”, “The Flintstones” and “Looney Tunes” which is a debate that is too long for this list.  “South Park” kept getting better and evolving over time, so a lot of viewers who didn’t keep up would be surprised how much the show changed for the better in the last decade. Parker and Stone really have a unique ability to find humor in the topics of the day, and somehow express what we are all feeling through the characters on the show. The characters can be highly offensive to some viewers but it’s that feeling of “I can’t believe they are getting away with this” that has really set them apart from most other comedies, animated or not. In a lot of ways “South Park” has helped define our culture, sometimes like “The Simpsons” even predicting it. “South Park” will always be mentioned in any history of television conversation and in most critics top ten of greatest animated shows of all time. If you haven’t watched in many years, I strongly suggest bingeing the last couple of seasons and tuning in weekly before it goes off the air to witness comedy greatest. IMDB 8.7/10 – RT 81% – Metacritic NA%   Streaming On: Hulu Subscription

29. Fleabag (Amazon/BBC – 2016 to Present): Ponch: 10/10

“Fleabag” is a British dramedy created and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the lead role. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character is never really named, other than being called “Fleabag”. She is a bit cynical and sometimes angry. “Fleabag” is very free with her sexuality but often she just seems confused with life and what she wants out of it. “Fleabag” is surrounded by family members and friends, who haven’t necessarily been the best support system, but “Fleabag” is her own worst enemy to the point of self-sabotaging or masochism, which we find out, maybe due to the loss of her best friend Boo. Boo owned and operated the small café now owned by “Fleabag” before Boo accidentally killed herself.  Other members of the supporting cast are Sian Clifford who plays Claire, “Fleabag’s neurotic older sister, and challenges her on all most everything in her life.  Bill Paterson plays their father and Olivia Coleman plays “Fleabag’s” Godmother who is now in a romantic relationship with her father, which makes for a very complicated relationship for both sisters.   Brett Gelman plays Claire’s husband who is American and a creep. In the second season “Fleabag” falls in love with a Priest played hilariously by Andrew Scott. “Fleabag” frequently breaks the fourth wall to provide internal monologues and her thoughts in a running commentary to the viewer. “Fleabag” has been universally acclaimed; most critics love the show. It has been nominated for 11 Emmy’s and cleaned up at the 2019 Emmy’s, winning six including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series for Waller-Bridge.
“Fleabag” is phenomenal. It’s one of the funniest shows on TV and it is able to do it with a sense of caring and realism that most series can’t muster. Waller-Bridge’s writing and acting are master class levels as she is able to make you really feel for the character as you are laughing at every ridiculous situation that “Fleabag” seems to willingly get herself into. Although Waller-Bridge really caries the show Olivia Coleman and Sian Clifford really add to the show as “Fleabag’s” main foils. Although the first is set up very well by Waller-Bridge, it’s the second season with the addition of Andrew Scott as an unlikely love interest that cements the show in TV history. The best part of getting hooked on “Fleabag” is that it’s one of the most binge-able shows on this list and extremely easy to get through.  Each show is only about 26 minutes long with each season only being 6 episodes. You can get the full story for each season in less than two and a half hours or about the same time it would take you to watch a movie. This is also why I find “Fleabag” so enjoyable because every joke is impactful due to the episode run time. Waller-Bridge squeezes excellence in every scene and cuts the fat producing a very fast-paced hilarious series with very little missteps. “Fleabag” has already put Waller-Bridge on the map, by the time the series is over, she will be considered a comedy icon. IMDB 8.7/10 – RT 100% RT – Metacritic 92% Streaming On: Amazon Prime Subscription

28. Boardwalk Empire (HBO – 2010 to 2014): Ponch: 10/10

Set in Atlantic City, NJ at the dawn of the Prohibition era, “Boardwalk Empire” is an American period mafia crime drama series starring Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson. The 1920s is the setting for the series based on the book by Nelson Johnson. Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is equal parts politician and gangster, runs the city both legally and otherwise as the town’s Treasurer. “Boardwalk Empire” is about how the city turned into the infamous gambling town of the East Coast.  The series received 57 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including two for Outstanding Drama Series, winning 20 awards including Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for Martin Scorsese. The series also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama in 2011.
“Boardwalk Empire” is the greatest American period piece ever made for TV. There is meticulous detail in Editing, Cinematography, Art Direction, Make-Up, Visual Effects, Prosthetics, Hairstyling, and most importantly Costume & Set Design. Everything is done to perfection in this series and that’s before the plot kicks in and the actors even say a word. This show sets the standard in so many areas and AC is the perfect setting for the polarizing grittiness and decadence of the era. Steve Buscemi and Bobby Cannavale both kill it literally and figuratively and Kelly Macdonald adds a nice touch of lightness to the show. Money and power meant everything back then, and this is a show that revels in the type of corruption that those things bring.  The Directing is what makes this show go from great to timeless classic, both Martin Scorsese and Tim Van Patten won Emmys and were nominated every year and they bring every actor in the cast to a new level. As you are watching, you keep reminding yourself that most of this really happened or at least some version of it did. The history of the show keeps you engaged because it is shown so accurately. I am not a huge fan of period pieces; I prefer more modern settings, but if every period-based TV show was as good as Boardwalk Empire, I may change my mind.  The first two seasons of this show are highly addicting although it dips slightly after that, it is consistently good with a great finale. IMDB 8.5/10 – RT 92% – Metacritic 83% Streaming On: HBO Now/Go/Max Subscription, Amazon Prime Subscription

27. Modern Family (ABC -2009 to Present): Ponch: 10/10

“Modern Family” is a California mockumentary family sitcom following the lives of the Pritchett family. The series consists of three different types of families: nuclear, step- and same-sex. They all live really close to each other in the Los Angeles area. Patriarch Jay (Ed O’Neill) is remarried to a much younger woman, Gloria Delgado Pritchett (Sofía Vergara) a Colombian knockout with whom he has an infant son, Fulgencio (Joe) Pritchett (Jeremy Maguire), and a precocious son from Gloria’s previous marriage, Manny Delgado (Rico Rodriguez). Jay’s daughter Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) was a homemaker but has returned to work, running the Prichett family closets business. She is married to Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell), a goofy realtor.  They have three children: Haley Dunphy (Sarah Hyland), Alex Dunphy (Ariel Winter), and Luke Dunphy (Nolan Gould). Jay’s lawyer son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his husband Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) have an adopted Vietnamese daughter, Lily Tucker-Pritchett (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons). As the title of the show suggests, the family represents a modern-contemporary family and the episodes are hilariously based on situations that many families encounter every day in real life.  The series has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in each of its first five years and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series four times, twice for Eric Stonestreet and twice for Ty Burrell, as well as the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series twice for Julie Bowen. “Modern Family” has so far won a total of 22 Emmy awards from an incredible 82 nominations in nine seasons. “Modern Family” is the best primetime sitcom of the last ten years and in my opinion one of the top five sitcoms of all time. Although the first five seasons are better than the last four, it is still consistently funny and it all starts with the cast. “Modern Family” is one of the best-casted programs in TV history, every main adult actor and actress in the show has been nominated multiple times for Emmys, which is unprecedented. I couldn’t picture any other actors in their given roles. Their comedic timing is on par with the actors from “Cheers”, “Seinfeld” and “Friends”. The greatest aspect of the show is that it’s so heartwarming and relatable. Every viewer can identify with at least one character on the show. This show may even be higher on the list if it were not for Nolan Gould who plays Luke, he is, unfortunately, the worst actor on the show and brings the whole cast down. This was a completely new take on the family sitcom. The writing is fresh and dynamic. Also, Modern Family is the first TV series as far as I know of that didn’t have a same-sex couple’s primary characteristic be that they are gay. They are the first same-sex married couple on TV whose characters’ story arcs didn’t revolve around their homosexuality because they were already together although getting married on the show was important, it was not their main arc. It was genius in the way it integrated comedy and inclusion without having to show the characters dealing with being gay and was able to educate and open people’s minds by showing an already present love story. It is an extremely pleasant and entertaining show that always has a heartfelt ending, perfect for people who want to laugh along with their friends, kids, and their parents. “Modern Family” is the best family program on this list and one of the only shows you can watch with older kids. IMDB 8.4/10 – RT 89% – Metacritic 87% Streaming On: ABC On-Demand, Hulu Subscription

26. Friday Night Lights (NBC – 2006 to 2011): Ponch: 10/10

“Friday Night Lights” is a Texas sports drama created by Peter Berg inspired by the book written by H.G. Bissinger, which was adapted as the 2004 film of the same name. The series is about a small-town community and the high school football team they obsess over in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. The series uses the small-town environment to touch on modern subjects like race, family values, abortion, high school funding and budget, small-town economics and lack of jobs, drugs, and American football. Although it’s an ensemble cast made up of mostly young actors in high school or on the football team, the main focus is on the Taylor family. Kyle Chandler plays Dillon Panther’s football coach and father Eric Taylor, Connie Britton plays high school guidance counselor turned principal at Dillion, and Aimee Teegarden plays Julie Taylor their teenage daughter. The team changes a lot in the fourth and fifth seasons with new teenage actors on the team and at the school. Although it suffered low ratings, it was positively received by critics being nominated for 12 Emmy nominations winning three times including Britton being nominated twice for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series and Chandler being nominated twice for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winning in 2011. “Friday Nights Lights” never was able to generate a huge viewership, which I will never understand because it was a brilliant show about an American football-loving town. It should have been huge, but I think the issue was people felt they already knew the story from the movie and also the timeslot. They kept giving the show terrible timeslots including on Friday nights, or basically the time the show’s core audience was actually at football stadiums around the country. I am thankful the show had a cult following that was able to save it because “Friday Night Lights” is the greatest high school drama ever created. The people, who did watch it, including me, loved it. The show is very accurate in depicting real-life small towns in Texas that revolve around the high school football programs, but it’s not even close to being just about football, which might explain the viewership problem. I loved the complexity of the series with a mixture of modern life’s issues, sports, and family values, but it was extremely mature. “Friday Night Lights” wasn’t a “Teen- Tiger Beat” show, it has far better acting, layered plots, and story arcs. The series is far more realistic than “OC”, “Gossip Girl”, “All American” or “90210”.  The best part of the series is how it evolves, Britton and Chandler really ground the show and keep it consistent but even with the changing of the teen cast, the show keeps improving and growing much like young adults do in real life. IMDB 8.7/10 – RT 97%  – Metacritic 83% Streaming On: NBC Peacock, Amazon Prime Subscription, Hulu Subscription

25. Broadchurch (BBC – 2013 to 2017): Ponch: 10/10

“Broadchurch” is a British crime drama about a small close-knit community near West Dorset in England with the same name. The community becomes the focus of a police investigation after the body of an 11-year-old boy is found on the beach. Once the death is no longer ruled a suicide, the town erupts into a media frenzy as the police try to find the killer. Fronting the investigation is the Lead Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant) who is an outsider with a mysterious past dealing with these types of murders. Hardy gets the position over Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), who thinks the job should have been hers. They must work together to solve the case as more members of the town are brought into the investigation and things start to unravel. “Broadchurch” garnered universal acclaim, and has been nominated for and won several British Academy Television Awards in 2014 including Best Drama. British shows and actors are often thought to be superior to American ones. “Broadchurch” is a show that drives home these thoughts, by being incredibly superior to most police crime dramas we have in the States. There are so few flaws in “Broadchurch” (unless you dislike foreign accents), I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t enjoy this show. For a thriller with very little action, “Broadchurch” never seems to slow down or become boring. The twists and misdirection are handled so well that you really don’t see a lot of it coming. From the superb plot and acting to the editing and beautiful camera work (especially the long shots of the beach and town), “Broadchurch” is greatly executed from beginning to end. Every actor was casted perfectly, but Tennant and Colman’s immense and pitch perfect chemistry is the key to the whole show.   If someone told me, they were brother and sister, I would believe it. The series revolves around a child’s murder, yet there is just enough light humor and levity lightening it to make it very watchable. You feel sorry but never sad; you are too busy trying to figure out how it happened. There have been a lot of British led shows from BBC making their way over to us via Netflix and Amazon, and I think “Broadchurch”  is one of best of those shows and along with “Peaky Blinders” should be one of the first two BBC America shows you binge watch. IMDB 8.4/10 – RT 92%  – Metacritic 84% Streaming On: Netflix Subscription

24. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon – 2017 to Present): Ponch: 10/10

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is an American period comedy set in the late 1950s in New York City about Miriam “Midge” Maisel played by Rachel Brosnahan. Midge is a housewife with two kids married to Joel Maisel (Michael Zegen) who is a businessman at a plastics company who does stand-up comedy on the side. After spending enough time watching other comedians and supporting Joel, she seems to have a knack for stand-up, more so than Joel. When Joel cheats on Midge and leaves her for his secretary, Midge does an impromptu stand-up act at the “Gaslight” (a comedy club/bar)and kills it.  She befriends Susie Myerson played by Alex Borstein who asks Midge if she can be her manager. The series follows Midge, her family, and friends and she tries to become a standup comedian. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has received critical acclaim, being nominated for 34 Emmys,  winning 16 of them including Outstanding Comedy in Series in 2018, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing. The series has also taken home numerous acting awards including Brosnahan winning Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series, Borstein twice in 2018, and 2019 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in Comedy Series and Tony Shalhoub winning in 2019 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy Series playing Midge’s father.  The show also cleaned up at the Golden Globes winning in multiple categories including Best Television Series Musical or Comedy 2018. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” lives up to its title, it’s truly marvelous TV in every aspect. It is a great albeit ridiculous representation of a wealthy Jewish family living in New York City in the late 1950s. The city set design is incredible. I don’t know how they were able to replicate it so well, just beautiful set pieces and cinematography. The costume design is the most beautiful on television, Brosnahan’s beauty is amplified by the gorgeous colors they dress her in every episode. It is so well done that two costumes from the series were accessioned by the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. Borstein and Brosnahan’s comedic timing and chemistry sets a very high bar for female comedic duos, which I don’t believe will ever be reached again considering the superb writing and delivery. If the show was just Midge and Susie bantering, it would still be one of the best shows on TV, it’s the supporting cast that seemed to be handpicked perfectly that sets it apart. Shalhoub as Abe and Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman are a riot as Midge’s parents. Every supporting character from her is so well fleshed out; they all tell their own story so finely with the time they are given on-screen. “The Marvel Mrs. Masiel” is so warm and inviting that it feels like a show you have seen before, an instant comedy classic. IMDB 8.7/10 – RT 89% – Metacritic 80% Streaming On: Amazon Prime Subscription

23. Girls (HBO – 2012 to 2017): Ponch: 10/10

“Girls” is a modern dramedy created by Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow. It’s about four girls in their 20s living in NYC: Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, and Shoshanna. Dunham plays Hannah who is an aspiring writer with a very strange personality. Marnie (Alison Williams) is Hannah’s best friend, a Type A personality who is extremely self-centered. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) is a British carefree bohemian whose apparent lack of fear hides her own kind of insecurity. Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) is an NYU student who is both innocent and annoying, but she is most likely the smartest of the group. The series takes us into these girls’ lives from their careers to their love lives, the show is a perfect example of a coming of age tale of young women living in New York City. “Girls” has won 2 Emmy’s and has been nominated 19 times. “Girls” is brilliantly written and acted. It’s one of the wittiest shows on TV. It’s a very smart comedy with a lot of heart. For people who do not live in NYC, it may come off stranger than what it actually is. The women on this show seem to play satirical exaggerated versions of people, but if you live in or near the city long enough, you meet girls just like them usually. The city and how it changes people, play a really large role in the series. It makes you grow up fast; the show really knows how to catch this aspect of New York City and really nails what it’s like to be a millennial living there. This show is far more realistic than say “Sex in the City” or “Friends” and way funnier too. Lena started writing this show in her early 20s and it really shows, it’s a fresh comedy unlike most on TV. It’s modern and wise yet somehow warm and touching. The show does get silly and some viewers may find the characters very self-absorbed, but that’s the whole point. It is the characters’ total lack of self-awareness that make them so funny. Even their male counterparts were cast perfectly. This show made stars out of Adam Driver (Adam) the best actor on the show and Adam Rannells (Elijah) who is quite possibly the funniest part of the show. People will try to replicate this series, but it will never work. It’s impossible to duplicate, Dunham and the other writers are just too smart, and they basically already captured what it was like to be a 20-something-year-old living in the largest city in this decade. We will never see this type of precision for this type of comedy again. IMDB 7.4/10 – RT 89% – Metacritic 80% Streaming On: HBO Now/Go/Max Subscription, Amazon Prime Subscription

22. Master of None (Netflix – 2015 to Present):  Ponch:  10/10

“Master of None” is a modern situation comedy loosely based on creator Aziz Ansari’s life produced by Michael Schur (“The Office”,” The Good Place”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Recreation”). Ansari plays the role of Dev, a New York-based actor who is struggling to identify what he really wants in life. The show reveals glimpses of Dev’s younger years with his friends Denise (Lena Waithe) and Brian (Kelvin Yu) loosely based on Alan Yang the other creator and writer of the series. The show looks at the current modern single life, including dating etiquette regarding texting, social media, and current gender roles. It also touches on family, ethnicity, sex, and race of a generation of children born of immigrants.  Dev’s parents, played by Ansari’s real-life mother and father, Fatima and Shoukath are also on the show. “Master of None” has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards winning three times including twice for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Ansari nails down what life is like in your 30’s both personally and professionally. He and Yang have a real knack for modern dialogue. Nothing seems corny or forced on the show; it’s very realistic and well written. It’s so topical and discusses almost every aspect of single life and all the emotions falling in and out of love. It is also shot beautifully, making New York and Italy look picturesque. Ansari’s extreme likeability and his quippy one-liners make the show impossible to turn off. It’s the supporting cast that plays off of Ansari, with their own unique personalities that turn the show into one of the best on TV. The episodes revolving around Lena Waithe’s Denise are especially engaging, mostly touching on dating and family life as an individual in multiple minority groups. Ansari’s delivers his lines with wit and perfect comedic timing. There are moments of drama and heart; you really understand how Dev is feeling. “Master of None” is a modern classic and one of the best situation comedies of all time, really giving diverse audiences someone to relate too.  Almost everyone would find it amusingly entertaining. IMDB 8.3/10 – RT 99% – Metacritic 91% Streaming On: Netflix Subscription

21. Peaky Blinders (BBC/Netflix – 2013 to Present): Ponch: 10/10

“Peaky Blinders” is a period crime drama set in Birmingham, England in 1919. The series follows Cillian Murphy as Thomas “Tommy” Shelby as the leader of the “Peaky Blinders” gang and the Shelby crime family in the direct aftermath of the First World War. Although the Shelby family is fictional, the show is loosely based on a city youth gang of the same name in the late 19th century to the 20th century in Britain. The creator Steven Knight has said it wanted to make it a story about a family and their survival between two wars. The gang comes to find out about Major Chester Campbell (Sam Neill), a Detective Chief Inspector in the Royal Irish Constabulary, and his plan to clean up the city of the Irish Republic Army (I.R.A), Communists, and gangs of criminals. “Peaky Blinders” has strangely never been nominated for an Emmy but has been nominated for numerous BAFTA awards including winning Best Drama Series in 2018. “Peaky Blinders” is an incredible show that is also somewhat underrated by American critics and I am not exactly certain as to why, because it is astounding on every level. I’m not sure whether it’s the coolness in the way Cillian Murphy portrays Tommy or the great cinematography or the modern music added to the soundtrack in the show, but “Peaky Blinders is amazingly modern for a period piece. I usually find most period dramas to be extremely slow and unentertaining, but this show is well-paced and has some very vivid moments boarding on stylized, which is extremely rare in a 19th century period show. The creators do a great job of recreating 19th century Britain with beautifully rendered grimy scenery and costume design.  “Peaky Blinders” is a good mix of “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” but stands out on its own as an extremely sharp television show. I especially like the relationship Tommy has with the other Shelby family members and romance the creators add to the series, which gives the show more heart and passion. This helps the series calm some of the darker elements, and it certainly can get dark at times. The series does have some twists making it even more enjoyable, you never know who is going to die or betray someone on the show. “Peaky Blinders” also does a great job of really making the high points of the series impactful. It builds and builds on layered stories, and the payoffs are always worth it at the end of each arch. If you enjoy 19th century period drama films or crime pieces, you will find “Beaky Blinders” immensely entertaining. IMDB 8.8/10 – RT 92% – Metacritic NA%  Streaming On: Netflix Subscription

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